Amanda Gorman has accomplished so many things, considering she’s only 22 years old. It’s not often that you see a young woman of color getting the opportunity to perform her poetry at the Super Bowl. Yes that’s correct, poetry at the Super Bowl, a nationally televised sporting extravaganza which is basically a national holiday for Americans and is usually the most watched program each year. Sports, specifically football, have been around for a very long time and this is the first time anything like this has happened. Gorman made history last weekend. Performing at the SuperBowl is just one of her greatest achievements.
Gorman also gave a beautiful speech at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. After having seen Gorman recite her poetry to the Library of Congress as a young girl, Jill Biden asked her to perform at her husband’s inauguration. Gorman is the youngest poet that has ever performed at a presidential inauguration. She wrote the piece and recited it wonderfully. In 2015, Gorman wrote and published a book of poetry called “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough”. She has also published other books, a few being “The Hill We Climb” and “Change Sings”. Having graduated from Harvard University in 2020, she was able to manage getting her degree from an Ivy League school while still accomplishing many amazing things outside of school.
Despite having a speech impediment, Gorman doesn’t let that stop her, and she is finally getting the national recognition she deserves. She is an inspiration to so many different people: people with speech impediments, young girls, African Americans, writers, poets, college students, and many more. She has her own website where readers can subscribe to her newsletter, purchase her publications, and learn some more details about her life and career. She has had so much success and there’s only more to come in the future.